TIME was also taken to the woodshed by fellow journalists over changing the appearance of an image used in a news story.
Today, KTVB, channel 7 has altered a mug shot from the Ada County Sheriff’s website to “clean up” tattoos on the forehead of Chris Anderson, charged with child endangerment in the mauling of a child by a pit bull left in a van.
Instead of the anchor solemnly warning, “this image is graphic,” as they do with dead bodies in war zones, the overprotective folks at KTVB put some make up on a tat which must not have been appropriate for “all you moms out there.”KBOI-TV 2 also messed with the images, but instead of clearing up the suspect’s complexion, they pixelated it–leaving the impression it was a naughty tat. The “On Your Side” gang at Channels 6 and 9 did the same as their competitors at KTVB, blocking out the tat above Anderson’s right brow.
Admittedly one could conclude the GUARDIAN is the only site with bad enough taste to post the image in its unaltered state.
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